Military Service Recognition

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota seeks to recognize Military Service members and their families for the significant contributions they have made on behalf of our community and nation. Military members and their immediate family members receive a 10% discount on daily admission rates.

Blue Star Museum Initiative

Traditionally hosted at museums across the country between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Blue Star Museums offer free admission for active duty military personnel and their families. Please present one of the following upon check-in at the Front Desk: Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or DD From 1173 -1 ID. The active duty military family member does not need to be present in order for their family to visit the Museum.

The 2022 Blue Star Museum Initiative at CMSM will take place from Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, September 4

Blue Star Museums

Military Appreciation Days

These special events take place at the Museum twice a year to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Military Service members (past and present) and their families and includes free Museum admission.
2022 Military Appreciation Days will take place on July 1-3 and November 11th​

For more information, please contact Sue Larsen, Director of Community Impact: [email protected]

Many thanks to Morson-Ario-Strand VFW Post 950, Elks Charitable Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation,  American Legion Post #11, Martin County VFW Post 1222, and Sweet-Sommers VFW Post 1642 for providing funding to help support Military Appreciation initiatives at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in 2021.